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NYC's Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park's Delacorte Theater
Stay tuned for details on the 2015 schedule for The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

Shakespeare in the Park 2014 Season Performances:

June 3-July 6, 2014
Directed by Jack O'Brien

Featuring Lily Rabe as Beatrice, Hamish Linklater as Benedick
Hamish Linklater and Tony nominee Lily Rabe return to The Public's
Free Shakespeare in the Park this summer as the wise-cracking,
would-be lovers Beatrice and Benedick in the beloved romantic comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Central Park becomes sun-drenched Sicily at the turn of the last century, where the heat of summer ignites the fevered passions of lovesick ladies in corsets and pining gentlemen spying from the verandah. Three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien directs this delightful skirmish of wit between two self-declared bachelors tricked by their mischief-making friends
into falling in love against their will and in spite of their own hearts.
July 22-August 17, 2014
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Featuring John Lithgow as Lear
Revenge, rage, grief and delusion thunder upon the Delacorte as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow takes the stage as one of theater's great tragic heroes, KING LEAR. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs Shakespeare's classic drama about a King who loses everything -- including his mind -- when he disowns his favorite daughter, and finds himself betrayed in return.

Shakespeare in the Park Much Ado About Nothing Schedule
Shakespeare in the Park King Lear Schedule

Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are Free!

Contribute to Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park's Delacorte TheaterFree tickets to the 2014 season will once again be distributed in the Park, online via the Virtual Ticketing lottery, and in the five boroughs of New York City.  More details will be available in the coming months.  

Become a Summer Supporter today and help keep the tradition of Free Shakespeare in the Park alive. Your generosity will make it possible for us to continue distributing thousands of free tickets year after year. In thanks for your contribution, you will receive reserved seating for Shakespeare in the Park, as well as discount tickets to other Public Theater productions throughout the season!

Support free Shakespeare in the Park. Call 212-967-7555 to make a contribution today!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Shakespeare in the Park:

What is Shakespeare in the Park? Shakespeare in the Park is The Public Theater's annual season of free plays at the Delacorte Theater in New York City's Central Park.
Where is Shakespeare in the Park?
Shakespeare in the Park takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Enter at 81st Street and Central Park West or at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.

What plays are being performed at Shakespeare in the Park this year?
This year, Shakespeare in the Park will feature
Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear.

What is the schedule of the two Shakespeare in the Park productions this summer?

How many tickets can I get by waiting in line?
Each person waiting in line can receive up to two tickets, subject to availability.

Why are the lines for Shakespeare in the Park so long?
Over 100,000 free tickets are made available to Shakespeare in the Park each summer. While we do our best to accommodate everyone who would like to attend a performance, the demand for tickets is always greater than the number of seats we have available. We appreciate your patience and are working very hard to ensure that the process remains as smooth and equitable as possible.

Why can't I be in the Park before 6am?
Central Park is closed between the hours of 1am and 6am. NYPD will patrol the Delacorte area and issue summons to anyone in the Park before its official open time. If you choose to line up before 6am, please do so along the east side of Central Park West starting at 81st Street. A Public Theater line monitor will escort the line in at 6am. The Public Theater neither suggests nor condones lining up before the park opens at 6am.

Can I reserve seats to Shakespeare in the Park in advance?
In gratitude of their generosity, we are able to offer our Partners reserved seats to Shakespeare in the Park.

Are there group tickets to Shakespeare in the Park?
Free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are not available for group reservations. If you would like to attend a performance as a group, the group can wait in the line at the Delacorte Theater.

What happens if it rains?
In the event of rain, the start of the performance may be delayed. However, the production will be performed if and when it is possible to do so. If a performance is canceled due to rain or any other reason, tickets obtained via the line at the Delacorte Theater or through Virtual Ticketing are not valid for re-issue or exchange.

What time do performances begin?
All performances begin at 8pm.

Are there any separate policies for senior citizens or people with disabilities?
There are separate ticket lines at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park for senior citizens and for people with disabilities. In addition, there are separate daily drawings for senior citizens and people with disabilities in our Virtual Ticketing system.
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